According to several sources, Ichiro has been traded to the New York Yankees today for two minor league pitchers. The two minor league pitchers are probably not worth more than a look, and don’t figure to be a large part of the trade, but any salary relief the Mariners may receive is good news.
We’ll talk with a prominent Yankees blogger tomorrow about the trade and the two prospects involved.
One of the immediate questions that pops into one’s head has to do with the next Mariners starting right fielder. The smartest choice at this point is probably Casper Wells, who is right handed and offsets a heavily left handed lineup, is a good defender, and has been hitting the hell out of the ball for the better part of two weeks.
The Yankees are in town, and as a guy who has not been in Ichiro’s corner for some time now, I hope that Mariners fans don’t turn nasty on Ichiro during this series. He was a good Mariner, a very good Mariner for most of his career, and a great Mariner for a few brief stretches. He’ll enter the hall of fame as a Mariner. Ichiro deserves a standing ovation.